MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. NATIONAL MEMORIAL Commemorating the life and work of the civil rights leader. A nearly 30-foot-high statue of King emerging from a granite block, the Stone of Hope, and inscription walls bearing his eloquent words. Northwest corner of Tidal Basin at the intersection of West Basin Drive SW & Independence Ave. SW, 888.484.3373 NATIONAL ARCHIVES The “Charters of Freedom”— Bill of Rights, U. S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence. Theater with free films. David M. Rubenstein Gallery, Visitor Orientation Plaza. ”Remembering Vietnam,” iconic and recently discovered records relating to 12 critical episodes in the Vietnam War; “Record of Rights,” documents and interactive exhibit illustrating how Americans have debated citizenship, free speech, voting rights and equal opportunity,
both ongoing. Daily 10 am5:30 pm (Last admission at 5 pm). Gift shop. Free. 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (enter rotunda on Constitution Ave. NW), 877.874.7616 Metro: Archives- Navy Memorial NATIONAL MALL Planner Pierre L’Enfant’s grand landscape. All memorials free, 24 hours.
U.S. Capitol— Home of the U.S. Congress since 1800 (M-Sa 8:30 am-4:30 pm). See Visitor Centers listings for more info. 202.226.8000 Metro: Capitol South Washington Monument— World’s tallest freestanding masonry structure with elevator ( closed until 2019). 15th St. NW, 202.426.6841 Metro: Smithsonian
Lincoln Memorial— Greekstyle temple with statue by Daniel Chester French. Visitors center. Gift shop. South of Constitution Ave. NW at 23rd St., 202.426.6841 Metro: Foggy Bottom- GWU (1 mile)
Korean War Veterans Memorial— The Pool of Remembrance, steel soldiers, granite relief. Independence Ave. & Daniel French Drive SW, 202.426.6841 Metro: Foggy Bottom- GWU (1 mile) World War II Memorial— Neoclassical plaza dedicated to 400,000 American lives lost. 17th St. NW between Constitution & Independence aves., 202.426.6841 Metro: Smithsonian (five blocks) Vietnam Veterans
Memorial— Maya Lin’s memorial with more than 58,000 names of dead or missing soldiers. Sculptures honoring soldiers, nurses. Constitution Ave. NW between 21st & 22nd sts., 202.426.6841 Metro: Foggy Bottom- GWU (1 mile) PENTAGON U. S. Dept. of Defense HQ and nerve center for command and control. On-site memorial (accessible 24 hours) dedi- cated to 184 lives lost there in the 9/11 attack. Tours M-Th 10 am- 4 pm, F noon- 4 pm. (No tours on federal holidays). Reserve online at least two weeks prior. Group tours. Free. Army Navy Drive & Fern St., Arlington, Va., 703.697.1776 Metro: Pentagon SUPREME COURT The nation’s highest tribunal. Justices convene October through June in public sessions. M-F 9 am- 4:30 pm. Free. When court isn’t sitting, lectures on the half-hour from 9:30 am-3:30 pm. Cafeteria, gift shop. Plaza-level entrance facilitates security checks for entry. First St. NE between Maryland Ave. & E. Capitol St., 202.479.3030 Metro: Capitol South U. S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM By architect James Ingo Freed, America’s only national memorial to genocide. More than 900 artifacts, 70 video monitors, four theaters, contemporary art and room for reflection. Daily 10 am-5:20 pm. Gift shop, cafe and library (M- F 10 am-5 pm) Free. 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW (14th St. main entry), 202.488.0400 Metro: Smithsonian THE WHITE HOUSE Presidential residence from the time of John Adams. Photo opps from north and south gates. Self- guided public tour requests must be submitted through a member of Congress at least 21 days ahead. Tours Tu-Th 7:30 am11:30 am, F-Sa 7:30 am1:30 pm. See Visitor Centers listing for more information. 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.456.7041 Metro: McPherson Sq or Farragut West
POINTS OF INTEREST BASILICA OF THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the largest Roman Catholic basilica in North America and one of 10 largest churches in the world. Largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art in the world. Newly completed Trinity Dome Mosaic, with parts blessed by Pope Francis. Daily 7 am- 6 pm. Tours: free audio or guided M-Sa 9-11 am and 1-3 pm, Su 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm. Cafeteria, gift store, book shop, undercroft of more than 70 chapels and oratories. 400 Michigan Ave. NE, 202.526.8300 Metro: Brookland- CUA BELMONT- PAUL WOMEN’S EQUALITY NATIONAL MONUMENT Now a feminist museum and library, Capitol Hill’s oldest house (1798, with parts dating to 1680), the home of suffra- gette Alice Paul, drafter of the Equal Rights Amendment. Permanent galleries on suffrage origins and the contemporary cause. W-Su 9 am5 pm. Tours 9:30 am, 11 am, 2 pm and 3:30 pm. ADA accessible. Gift shop. Free. Entrance on 2nd St. next to Hart Senate Office Building. 2nd St. NE & Constitution Ave. NE, 202.546.1210 Metro: Union Station FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY World’s largest collection of Shakespeariana (including 82 First Folios), a multimedia exhibit hall with film, an active theater (see Entertainment), concerts and an Elizabethanstyle garden. “Form & Function: The Genius of the Book,” the Folger’s collection from a new perspective, through Sept. 23. M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon5 pm. Free. Walk-in guided tours M-Sa 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm; Su noon, 3 pm. Reading room tours (by reservation) Su at noon. Library for scholars only. Gift shop. 201 E. Capitol St. SE, 202.544.4600 Metro: Capitol South FORD’S THEATRE Active stage and site of Lincoln’s April 14, 1865 assassination by John Wilkes Booth. Museum artifacts like Lincoln’s clothing and Booth’s murder weapon, a derringer pistol. Petersen House museum and high-tech Center for Education and Leadership. Theater and museum open daily 9 am4:30 pm. Free admission but ticket required (free, but $3 fee for advance tickets). Show tickets same day at box office 8:30 am-5 pm. Advance tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or call 800.397.7328 ($1.50 fee). 511 10th St. NW, 202.347.4833 Metro: Metro Center FRANCISCAN MONASTERY Founded in 1899 by Franciscan friars, 42 acres of woods and landscaped gardens surrounding turnof-the century, Byzantinestyle church modeled after Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia. Guided tours showing replicas of the shrines of the Holy Land and Roman-style catacombs: M-Sa 10 am-noon and 1-3 pm, Su 1-3 pm. Seasonal garden tours. Free. Virtual tour online. Gift shop. 1400 Quincy St. NE, 202.526.6800 INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM Artifacts like a WWII German Enigma cipher and an East German camera for seeing through walls. Exhibits on spy rings of World War II, Cold War spy games, intel training. “Operation Spy,” guests assuming the role of an agent in a one-hour mission inside the museum. “Spy in the
City,” guests using a GPSenabled tablet to uncover espionage-related secrets outside the museum. Hours vary. Check website for current schedule. $21.95, seniors/ military/intelligence (with ID) $15.95, children 7-11 $14.95, under 6 free. Spy store. 800 F St. NW, 202.393.7798 Metro: Gallery Pl- Chinatown MADAME TUSSAUDS Touchable wax figures and photo opps with The Beatles, Madonna, Babe Ruth, Stephen Colbert, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Marilyn Monroe, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift. Presidents Gallery with all U.S. presidents plus first ladies. Hours vary. Check website for updated schedule. $22, children (4-12) $17.50. 1025 F St. NW (corner of 10th & F sts.), 866.823.9565 Metro: Metro Center NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES Organization promoting science has exhibitions and Robert Berks’s larger-thanlife Einstein memorial statue inside. M- F 8:30 am-5 pm. Free. Photo ID required. 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, 202.334.2000 NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM Former U.S. Pension Building (1887) showcasing architecture, engineering, construction trades and design. “Fun House,” an interactive structure occupying the Great Hall and containing some of architecture firm Snarkitecture’s greatest intallations, like “The Beach,” a pool filled with plastic white balls, through Sept. 3. “PLAY WORK BUILD,” a hands-on block play area with digital interaction allowing visitors to move an entire wall of virtual blocks, ongoing. M-Sa 10 am5 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm. $10, seniors/students/youth $7. Building tours daily at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm. Cafe and gift shop. 401 F St. NW, 202.272.2448 Metro: Judiciary Square NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MUSEUM At the Society’s HQ, galleries plus Explorers Hall for exhibits, lectures. “Titanic: The Untold Story,” the recently declassified tale about a secret Cold War mission and the 1985 discovery of the famous ship; “Tomb of Christ,” immersive 3- D exhibit “transporting” visitors to Jerusalem for an in- depth look at this sacred structure, both ongoing. Daily 10 am- 6 pm. $15, seniors/military/students $12, kids (5-12) $10, under 5 free. 3- D movie $7. Gift shop. 1145 17th St. NW, 202.857.7700 Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West NATIONAL INVENTORS HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM In the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office, museum capturing America’s imaginative spirit through exhibits on patent and trademark systems. Interactive gallery displaying 500-plus inventors and their stories, plus a 1965 Ford Mustang merged with a 2015 model showing how inventions drive technology. Group tours upon request. Gift shop. M- F 10 am-5 pm, Sa 11 am-3 pm. Free. 600 Dulany St., Alexandria, Va., 571.272.0095 NEWSEUM Venue lauding the First Amendment. Sections of the Berlin Wall and historic front pages from the Civil War, plus 15 theaters and galleries and 130 interactive stations. Pulitzer-Prize photo winners, 9/11 memorial gallery, daily displays of front pages from every U.S. state. New media gallery tracing the digital news revolution. “Pictures of the Year,” decades of awardwinning photos, ongoing. M-Sa 9 am-5pm, Su 10 am5 pm. $24.95, seniors $19.95, children (7-18) $14.95, ages 6 and under/museum members free. Discounts for military/students with ID. 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 888.639.7386 Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial ROCK CREEK PARK One of the country’s earliest, urban national parks, a 2,000acre wooded oasis following its namesake waterway through the heart of the city. Shady paved trails drawing bikers, jogger, skaters. Also tennis courts, golf course, stables and planetarium/nature center ( W-Su, 9 am-5 pm) with ranger-led tours. Free (fees for some activities). Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW, 202.895.6070 U. S. NATIONAL ARBORETUM A 446-acre site with specialty gardens, the former U.S. Capitol columns, Arbor House Gift Shop and the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum (F-M 10 am- 4 pm). Visitor Center F-M 8 am- 4:30 pm. Grounds F-M 8 am-5 pm. Free. Visit by car recommended. 3501 New York Ave. NE, 202.245.2726 WASHINGTON HARBOUR At the south end of Georgetown, a bustling waterfront zone with a boardwalk, restaurants, D.C.’s largest outdoor ice skating rink in winter and views of Key Bridge and the Kennedy Center. 202.295.5007 SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE MUSEUM LEED edifice wrapped in metal panels evoking a Yoruban crown and ironwork crafted by “invisible” slaves. Harriet Tubman’s hymnal, Emmett Till’s casket, Chuck Berry’s Cadillac. Oprah Winfrey Theater, Contemplative Court with waterfall. Cafe. Timed- entry passes required, released online the first Wednesday of the month, three months in advance. Some same- day passes available daily at 1 pm (Madison Drive entrance). Daily 10 am-5:30 pm. Free. 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, 844.750.3012 AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM World’s largest collection of aircraft and space vehicles (Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, Bell X-1). Apollo Lunar Module and Enterprise studio model from “Star Trek” TV series. Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater and Albert Einstein Planetarium daily from 10:30 am. Pulseworks VR Transporter ($), virtual reality ride. Daily 10 am-5:30 pm. Tours 10:30 am and 1 pm. Free. IMAX and planetarium shows: $9, seniors $8, children $7.50. Gift shop. Food court. 6th St. & Independence Ave. SW, 202.633.2214 Metro: L’Enfant Plaza AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM UDVAR- HAZY CENTER National Air and Space Museum’s hangar-like facility displaying 160-plus aircraft. The Enola Gay (first to drop an atomic bomb) and space shuttle Discovery. IMAX theater, flight simulations (fee). Daily 10 am-5:30 pm. Free. IMAX tickets: $9, seniors $8, children (2-12) $7.50. Theater info: 866.868.7774. Parking ($15) or Fairfax Connector No. 983 between Dulles Airport and museum. 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, Va., 202.633.1000 AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM National repository of cultural, scientific and technological heritage. Thomas Jefferson’s desk, Julia Child’s kitchen. The Star-Spangled Banner gallery holding the restored flag.
Ongoing: “The First Ladies,” gowns and memorabilia from presidencies past. Daily 10 am-5:30 pm. Free. Gift shops, ice cream parlor, cafeteria. 14th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Smithsonian AMERICAN INDIAN MUSEUM Curvilinear building of golden-hued limestone facing the rising sun in keeping with Native American traditions. Tribal exhibitions. Interactive imagiNATIONS Activity Center with hands- on projects like weaving a giant basket. “Trail of Tears: A Story
of Cherokee Removal,” an unflinching look at the reality of this disturbing chapter in American history, from the Cherokee perspective; “Americans,” exploring how American Indians are woven into the nation’s identity from popular culture to street names and beyond, both
ongoing. Daily 10 am5:30 pm. Free. Groups reserve timed entry. Gift shops, two theaters, Mitsitam Cafe. 4th St. & Independence Ave. SW, 202.633.1000 Metro: L’Enfant Plaza ANACOSTIA COMMUNITY MUSEUM Devoted to activism, urban communities and AfricanAmerican heritage. “Your Community, Your Story: Celebrating Five Decades of the Anacostia Community Museum, 1967-2017,” signature projects from past displays; “A Right to the City,” exploring the history of D.C.’s changing neighborhoods,
both ongoing. Daily 10 am5 pm. 1901 Fort Place SE, 202.633.4820 THE CASTLE The first Smithsonian building with info center, cafe, James Smithson’s crypt and samples from the collection and exhibits. Daily 8:30 am-5:30 pm, Haupt Garden (south side) daily 6:30 am- dusk. Free. 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Smithsonian NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM Former main post office, now museum of artifacts multimedia stations and exhibits. Daily 10 am-5:30 pm. Free. Special workshops, welcome center, gift shop and post office. 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 202.633.1000 Metro: Union Station NATIONAL ZOO Founded in 1889, a 163-acre zoo with more than 2,000 animals including giant pandas Tian Tian and Mei Xiang and their cub Bei Bei. Asia Trail with giant sloths. American Trail with sea otters. Solar-powered carousel ($3). Check website for seasonal hours. Free entry; parking $22. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.673.4888 Metro: Cleveland Park (downhill to zoo) or Woodley Park-Zoo (uphill to zoo) NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Exhibits tracking the natural world since prehistoric time. In the Rotunda, taxidermic African elephant in a replica Angolan habitat. Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals (Hope Diamond). Butterfly Pavilion ($6, $5.50 seniors, $5 children; free, tickets required). “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World,” a 4,250-sq.-ft. exhibit exploring the causes and struggles to contain the spread of deadly diseases around the world,
ongoing. Daily 10 am.5:30 pm. Free. IMAX theater ($8, seniors/children $6.50). Cafe and gift shop. Constitution Ave. at 10th St. NW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian VISITOR CENTERS U. S. CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER Entry to the U.S. Capitol with exhibits, artifacts, interactive kiosks. M-Sa 8:30 am- 4:30 pm. Guided one-hour Capitol tours (M-Sa 8:50 am-3:20 pm) begin with a 13-minute film. Free. Admission to the House or Senate galleries issued by a constituent’s representative or senator. Limited number of same-day passes at the CVC information desks. Below the East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution & Independence aves., 202.226.8000 Metro: Capitol South WHITE HOUSE VISITOR CENTER Interactive exhibits, photos and videos about the famed residence and its occupants. Free. Gift shop. Daily 7:30 am4 pm. 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.208.1631 Metro: Farragut West